Jon Snow, the lead journalist on C4 News, returned from Gaza a few days ago. It was clear from this blog and in the one written as he flew back to Britain that he had been deeply affected by the deliberate injury and killing of children in Gaza. This was evident too in his colleague Jonathan Miller, and in Lyse Doucet of the BBC.
Last night he tried to elicit truth from Michael Oren aka Michael Scott Bornstein, on C4 News. Oren was ‘Israeli’ ambassador to a surrogate US until last year. He is described as an historian and in the Wikipedia profile as being one of the ten most powerful Jews in the US. There is no hint as to how that is measured.
Mr Snow was unable to tease out any humanity from the Tel Aviv spokesperson about the carnage and ‘infra-destruction’ within the Gaza ghetto, even though the occupier is bound in international law to safeguard the welfare of its 1.8 million humans.
He was interviewing a robot. He did say that ‘Israel’ tries not to kill and hurt civilians, as with the four boys on the beach by the little fishing port. But pull the other one Oren.
Furthermore, he inferred they were warned by the ‘tap on the roof’ (a fine euphemism) or by air dropped leaflets to flee wherever from more of the massive quantities of ‘ordnance’ aimed at their homes. These rockets, bombs, shells and bullets are supplied in the main by the surrogate eg thermobaric Hellfire missiles, but the apocalyptic bombardment is aided by many NATO countries. Britain has supplied the head-up cockpit display kits for those US F16s, and now or previously the bomb release mechanisms (EDO — Brighton).
After he attempted to deliver a lecture to this eloquent, senior journalist, he got round to saying that Hamas was a ‘vicious, medieval, racist, genocidal organisation’. This was said with a grim determination and with the intention that it would enter the minds of the gullible like the shrapnel cut through the spinal cord of dear Maha in Jon Snow’s blog above. The automaton did not see the great irony or the brass neck in his description of Hamas.